There is something we want to put in action and we are looking for your ideas how to go about it. We are looking for old and new friends & partners to make it happen: A (global) city hacking summer! There is something we want to put in action and we are looking for your ideas how to go about it. We are looking for old and new friends & partners to make it happen:
A (global) city hacking lab & campaign!
For some times our project explored and promoted hacking our cities as the only towards sustainable – circular – cities. With friends and partners we created and collected a catalog of first hacks in smaller events – many of them are published on our website. But what are those hacks doing good when they are sitting on a shelf? And how can they create an impression of a sustainable circular city and unlock new thinking when they are installed only one at a time?
So here is the idea: How about install as many of them as possible in the same spot and over a longer period of time: Create a living and permanently open exhibition and experiment in public space. Let the hacks meet and interact. Make it possible to experience the Circular, Open and Free City. And to break the limitations of our imagination.
YEP. And this is basically what we want to do and invent – with your help.
Here are a few first loose ideas:
How Long? – It is probably good to have it run for several weeks and even months (2 or even 4). Some hacks will stand for a longer time. Several events and happenings accompany the installations.
Place? – It might be good to pick a city that attracts a lot of international visitors and tourists in the summer and install the hacks in an area where they go! This will result into getting the experiences of the circular city into the heads of many people and when they go home they take them with them. Spreading it “like a virus”.
Outreach? – Our project should try to go for global impact – promote hacking as a tool to be used to make cities across the globe sustainable. It might be good to try to start the project already in a network of cities – similar labs run in several cities at the same time. Start it from several points at the same time.
Community & Support? – A good way to start the global campaign might be a kickstarter campaign. Not to just to fund it. (A kickstarter campaign can’t be the only source for funding. It is crucial to find partners and funding for this also upfront – to start this at all.) But to communicate the ambition.
Sustainability – Of course as always the outcomes and recipes of the project should be shared openly and catchy to enable people to take and implement the ideas also after the lab has ended. Create a collaborative approach – an open template – for hacking tutorials. Noone nowhere can invent all the solutions alone.
Now it’s your turn.
A project like this can only be created with a group of partners and a community. We need to create this together – with you. We will reach out to a lot of people in the coming weeks. But we can’t find everyone. So reach out to us and let’s make things happen together.
Lars, January 1st, 2018